307 Craft Drive
Winston-Salem NC 27105
Custody level: Minimum
Forsyth Correctional Center in Winston Salem is a minimum security prison for adult males.
Forsyth was one of 51 county prisons for which the state assumed responsibility with the passage of the Conner bill in 1931. It was one of 61 field unit prisons renovated or built during the late 1930’s to house inmates who worked building roads.
Inmates at the prison primarily worked on state road construction crews, until 1968 when the prison became an advancement center, a prison designated to provide pre-release training for inmates. Inmates from the prison were first assigned to work release at this time. A modular dormitory erected in 1978 was expected to last 5-10 years. It remained in operation until 1998 when it was replaced by a new modular unit.
Lawmakers provided a 100 bed dormitory addition at Forsyth as part of the $28.5 million emergency Prison Facilities Development program authorized in 1987.
One-fourth of the prison’s inmates are assigned to work release jobs. Twenty work on community work squads and another 51 inmates work on 11 Department of Transportation road squads. Inmates take education courses through study release opportunities. Various on-unit jobs as janitors, maintenance workers and kitchen help are also available.
Surry Community College works with inmates from Forsyth Correctional center to provide vocational training, as well as educational courses at Dobson Educational Center in Dobson, NC. Forsyth has 51 inmates assigned there. Various on-unit programs include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, the department’s Drug Alcohol Recovery Treatment (DART) program, DART 24, DART pre-release, Think Smart, Character Education and Project Re-Entry.
A chapel, dedicated in 1987, was built with funds donated by 100 churches in the community. Area churches also provide three full-time chaplains who work with inmates and lead Sunday religious services that are open to inmates and their families. The prison has religious programming which includes two Bible study classes, Yokefellow, Gideons, and Muslim Services.
The visitation schedule at Forsyth Correctional Center is based on the first letter of the inmate’s last name. Visitation for each group will rotate every month. It is the responsibility of the visitor to ensure they are present at the correct time and date. Visitor must be on the inmate’s approved visitor’s list.
Groups, times, and months are as follows:
January, May, September:
Saturday, 9:00am to 11:00am – F through K
Saturday, 2:00pm to 4:00pm – S through Z
Sunday, 9:00am to 11:00am – A through E
Sunday, 2:00pm to 4:00pm – L through R
February, June, October:
Saturday, 9:00am to 11:00am – A through E
Saturday, 2:00pm to 4:00pm – F through K
Sunday, 9:00am to 11:00am – L through R
Sunday, 2:00pm to 4:00pm – S through Z
March, July, November:
Saturday, 9:00am to 11:00am – L through R
Saturday, 2:00pm to 4:00pm – A through E
Sunday, 9:00am to 11:00am – S through Z
Sunday, 2:00pm to 4:00pm -F through K
April, August, December:
Saturday, 9:00am to 11:00am – S through Z
Saturday, 2:00pm to 4:00pm – L through R
Sunday, 9:00am to 11:00am – F through K
Sunday, 2:00pm to 4:00pm – A through E
Special Visits for Regular Population Inmate’s housed in regular population may request Special Visits. Approval or disapproval will be based on the security concerns of the facility. Special visits may be requested for attorneys, clergy, and immediate
family members. Special visits for attorneys must be approved a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours in advance and no more than ten (10) days in advance and shall occur Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm. Attorney visits will be approved by the superintendent. Clergy visits will be coordinated through the facility chaplain.
Special visits for immediate family members will only be approved every 90 days for approved visitors living at least 200 miles from this facility. Must be requested by the family.
Out-of-state or special visits for inmates in administrative segregation will be pproved for not more than a one (1) hour period immediately following regular visitation on the appropriate day.
Dress Code & Visitation Guidelines
All visitors will be properly dressed. Any apparel of a revealing nature or that could
be expected to be offensive to others will be cause to deny entrance. All visitors are
expected to adhere to the following:
1. No dresses or blouses that expose cleavage.
2. No dresses or skirts more than three (3) inches above the knees.
3. No bathing suit tops unless covered with a blouse.
4. Other apparel judged by the Officer-in- Charge to be detrimental to the order and
security of the facility.
5. No handbags or diaper bags.
6. Baby items will be limited to 1 diaper, 4 wipes, 1 cloth, and 1 bottle.
7. Proper identification is required to enter the visiting area. Visitors under the age of sixteen (16) will be permitted to visit with a supervising adult only and must be on
approved visitors list.
8. Only three visitors are allowed to visit any inmate on any visiting day. Any inmate
may utilize a maximum of one table and four chairs. No swapping out of visitors.
9. Visitors may not exchange or give items to inmates. Violation will be cause for suspension of visitation privileges.
10. When visitation is outside, visitors may bring prepared food for the inmate they are
visiting. No beverages, glass, or metal plates or utensils will be permitted. Normally,
Visitation will be outside when the temperature is 50 degrees or above and there
is no precipitation.
11. All visits must be conducted in a quiet and orderly manner.
12. Prolonged kissing, inappropriate touching, petting and/or sex acts are strictly
Dress Code & Visitation Guidelines Continued
13. Visitors will not be allowed to re-enter the facility once they leave the visiting area for any reason. No Exceptions
14. Absolutely no cell phones, pepper spray, cameras, or recording devices will be allowed to enter the visiting area or facility. Violation will result in immediate termination of visitation.
15. Any attempt to circumvent these guidelines can result in administrative and/or legal
proceedings against the visitor and/or the inmate.
These guidelines are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of rules and guidelines.
All other laws and regulations apply to all inmates and visitors.
Denial of Visitation:
1. Visitor fails to comply with facility rules.
2. The visitor has been disruptive during previous visits.
3. The visitor attempts to bring alcohol, drugs, or other contraband into the facility or attempts to visit while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
4. The visitor refuses to show proper identification or submit to routine search.
5. The visitor was a participant in the criminal activity the inmate is incarcerated.
6. The visitor’s presence in the facility would undermine security consideration or
7. The visitor visitation privileges has been revoked without reinstatement by the
Director of Prisons.
Visitors whose visitation privileges has been revoked will be notified in writing.
DIRECTIONS: Take Business-40 to downtown Winston-Salem. Take Cherry Street North. The prison is located at Cherry Street and Craft Drive (next to the Department of Transportation).